|Brie and Marshmallow|
"Bunnies?" you say. "Why, bunnies?" Because they're 'cute and fluffy,' according to my daughter.
More importantly, they are God's gift to gardeners when it comes to free, nitrogen rich, organic fertilizer. Some gardeners insist that they are better fertilizers than anything you can buy in the store, because they are a "cold" fertilizer and come in self-contained time-release capsules.
By cold fertilizer, this means you don't have to let them age or compost the way you do using horse or chicken manure. Simply collect, scatter and let nature do the rest. Gardeners call rabbit manure "bunny gold" for a reason.
This is how I defend our decision (our, meaning, Brie and I) to keep these fuzzy fertilizers in our backyard farm. Plus, they keep the chickens company, and they're entertaining, at least to us girls.
And contrary to my husband's belief, they are lagomorphs, not rodents. So, no, you cannot say they are just cute, cotton-tailed "rats." Lagomorphs are a distinct species, of which there are many varieties.
Yesterday we brought home, "Clover," an English Spot. She came from Wakeman Town Farm, where the stewards, Mike and Carrie Aitkenhead, bred beautiful bunnies for families to adopt.
|Marshmallow & Clover|
"Marshmallow!" she proclaimed, scooping the bunny up in her arms, clutching the wiggly fur ball to her chest, as if they were long, lost soulmates.
"Oh, no." I sighed. "Let me check.... yep, it's another girl."
"Pleeeeze, mom? Clover neeeeeds a friend."
|A Bunny & Chicken Powered Organic Garden|
At least I can argue that they will be as useful as our chickens in providing us with ample fertilizer for our garden this spring.
Our feathered friends provide us with their "chicken gold" as well as egg shells.... we pulverize the shells in a blender and scatter them in our garden beds.
Voila! Calcium carbonate galore for our veggies and flowers. Happy Gardening, everyone!